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Aside from being a public servant, I was also a part-time teacher at Silliman University, Foundation University, St. Paul University Dumaguete, and Negros Oriental State University. Until now I teach at the Graduate School of Foundation University.

My wife was also a former teacher at Silliman University, Larena National Vocational College (now Siquijor State College), and at the Dumaguete City High School where she retired after 38 years of teaching.

The  celebration of Teachers’ Day on Oct. 5 still resonated with me. Thus, this column as my way of paying tribute to all the teachers all over the world.


A special thread

In life, there is a unique thread that weaves its way through our formative years, shaping our thoughts, nurturing our aspirations, and guiding us toward the light of knowledge.

That thread is the teacher, the unsung hero of our society, whose influence goes far beyond the confines of the classroom. As we celebrated Teachers’ Day, we paid homage to these noble souls, who ignited the torch of learning and illuminated the path to a brighter future through their dedication and wisdom.


Guardians of potential

The profession of teaching, often referred to as the noblest of all, is a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity. Teachers are the custodians of knowledge, the architects of dreams, and the guardians of potential. They mold young minds with care, patience, and unwavering belief in the promise each student holds. Teachers possess the power to inspire, to instill values, and to ignite the fire of curiosity within their pupils.

But the impact of a teacher transcends mere academics. They impart life lessons, teaching resilience in the face of adversity, empathy towards others, and the importance of perseverance. A great teacher can change a student’s life trajectory, instilling the confidence to pursue dreams, overcome obstacles, and contribute meaningfully to society.

Yet, it is essential to recognize that the duty of nurturing a child’s growth does not rest solely upon the shoulders of teachers. Society at large shares this responsibility. Education is a collective endeavor, a joint venture that requires the active participation of parents, communities, and institutions. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a society to educate one.

Parents are the first teachers, shaping a child’s values, morals, and outlook on life. Their involvement in their child’s education, encouragement, and support can make all the difference. Communities, too, play a vital role by providing safe and stimulating environments for learning, access to resources, and a sense of belonging that reinforces the importance of education.

Moreover, educational institutions must be equipped to provide quality education, fostering an atmosphere of inclusivity, diversity, and innovation. Governments and policymakers bear the responsibility of creating policies that ensure equitable access to education and the empowerment of teachers with the necessary tools and training.


Shared responsibility

In essence, Teachers’ Day is a celebration of this symbiotic relationship between teachers and society. It’s a day to reflect upon the profound impact teachers have on our lives, the sacrifices they make, and the passion they bring to their vocation. But it’s also a day to remind ourselves that education is a shared responsibility.

As we honor our teachers, let us reiterate our commitment to the cause of education. Let us pledge to support teachers, value education, and create a society where every child has the opportunity to learn and grow. In doing so, we not only celebrate the nobility of the teaching profession but also recognize that the true power of education lies in the collective efforts of teachers, parents, communities, and institutions working together.

So, on Teachers’ Day, let us remember the words of Albert Einstein, who said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Let us celebrate the joy of learning, the impact of teachers, and the shared responsibility we bear to nurture the potential in every child.

Together, we can build a brighter future, one where the torch of knowledge continues to burn brightly, illuminating the path for generations to come.


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